What is the difference between a fixed speed and an inverter AC?

Before choosing an air con, some of you probably wonder: ‘Should I choose a fixed speed or an inverter AC?’ In order to decide which one is better, you must first understand the difference between the two types. Today we’re going to explain the mechanism behind both systems so that you can eventually make the best choice possible.

Inverter or non-inverter? This is the question we get quite a lot from homeowners and business owners that want to purchase a new AC. As you already know, different factors such as building size, floor plan, price and energy usage need to be considered in the search for the best results. These days, though, you may find that most air conditioners are inverter models. But let’s take a look at each one of them first in order to understand them better.


Do you want to know whether a fixed speed or an inverter AC is better for your home or business? Ask our specialists at Jaric Air Conditioning and get personalized advice and solutions!


What are fixed speed air conditioners and how do they work?

What are fixed speed air conditioners and how do they work A fixed speed, also known as non-inverter or standard air conditioner, features a single speed motor operation: on and off. Basically, once it reaches the desired temperature, it turns off, then back on when the temperature rises to a set level. In other words, this standard compressor always runs at full speed or stops completely depending on the temperature requirements.

Generally, this may be a good option if you are on a budget and want to save on upfront costs. Since there aren’t many components to deal with, repair charges are usually cheaper as well.

On the other hand, due to their ‘on and off’ cycle, fixed speed ACs require a significant amount of energy. That means they are much less efficient compared to modern technologies. At the same time, they fail to keep a constant temperature in your home or office, considering the system limitations.

So, if flexibility, performance and energy efficiency are on top of your priorities list, then you may want to take a look at the inverter systems.


What are inverter air conditioners?

What are inverter air conditionersWhen it comes to optimal domestic or commercial AC performance, inverter technology is typically considered to be a better choice.

Technically, the inverter AC controls and varies the speed of the compressor motor, similar to a car. This way, the compressor from the outdoor unit doesn’t have to switch on and off continuously. In exchange, it speeds up or down when necessary in order to keep a constant, comfortable temperature at all times.

Plus, due to its efficient operation, there is less stress on the compressor, as well as on the other parts of the system. So, you will save money not only on electricity but also on maintenance. Nevertheless, an inverter AC features higher energy ratings than a non-inverter one, which makes it friendly with the environment, too.



Whatever system you want to purchase, remember to be well informed! At Jaric Air Conditioning, we will carefully consider the pros and cons and help you with the most accurate and efficient solution for your home or business.

If you need any air conditioning services, call Jaric Air Conditioning at 1300 452 742 and experience the Jaric Air Conditioning difference today!

Until next time, stay cool, stay comfortable!

Your friend and AC expert,

John Ricca

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